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Beer drinkers invited to 'prost like a pro' at Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest

Lee-Ann Loser, marketing events manager, and SNBC Vice President Brian Grossman brandish souvenir beer steins in front of a display of the food that will be served at Oktoberfest on Saturday. [NANCY WACLAWEK/Hendersonville Lightning] Lee-Ann Loser, marketing events manager, and SNBC Vice President Brian Grossman brandish souvenir beer steins in front of a display of the food that will be served at Oktoberfest on Saturday. [NANCY WACLAWEK/Hendersonville Lightning]

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MILLS RIVER — More than 2,500 people are expected to “Prost like a Pro!” with authentic German beer, food and music at Sierra Nevada's third annual Oktoberfest under tents on the brewery grounds.

Tickets are still available for the celebration from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Sierra Nevada brewed year’s Oktoberfest beer, available on tap and in stores since July, in collaboration with Brahaus Miltenberger of Germany, Brian Grossman, second generation brewer and vice president of Sierra Nevada, said during a media preview of Saturday's celebration on Tuesday.
Sausage and kraut top the menu, along with sauerbraten and red cabbage, wood-roasted pig, German potato salad, brussels sprouts, a harvest salad and German chocolate cake cupcakes.
The Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, will lead partiers into the tent to kick off the festivities, followed by Sirius B with its gypsy folk sound. The Mountain Top Polka Band from West Asheville closes out the night.
Keg throwing is the new contest this year, joining the mustache and “Chicken Dance” contests. Hot Glass Academy and Asheville Area Arts Council will provide glass blowing demonstrations, and select items will be auctioned off to benefit the Arts Council.
General admission tickets cost $45 and include the meal, a commemorative beer stein, entertainment, shuttle and one drink or pretzel. Additional beer, pretzels or cupcakes cost $5. Designated driver tickets are $30, with water, lemonade or ice tea as the beverage.
Complimentary shuttles from downtown Hendersonville will start at 4:30 p.m. from the Grove Street Courthouse parking lot. Parking is also available at the WNC Agricultural Center, where shuttle service will start at 4 p.m. No parking will be allowed at the Sierra Nevada site.
For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.sierranevada.com/oktoberfestnc.